LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — The 44 towns, four cities, and the provincial government of Pangasinan passed the good financial housekeeping (GFH) standards for the year 2019, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
In an interview Tuesday, DILG Pangasinan provincial director Paul Lalata said the standards include the recent Commission on Audit’s (COA) report and compliance with the full disclosure policy.
“All of the LGUs and the provincial government were qualified as per the COA’s audit and compliant to the full disclosure policy (FDP) by posting requirements in three conspicuous places for the last two preceding quarters and compliance with the FDP posting on the FDP portal for the last two preceding quarters,” he said.
Latala said the GFH can be used by the LGUs in attaining loans from the banks.
“There were no incentives as far as the memorandum we received but their passing of GFH will have a bearing in the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) awards. It is actually the criteria number one in SGLG,” he said.
The other criteria in SGLG are disaster preparedness, social protection, peace and order, business friendliness and competitiveness, environmental management, and tourism, culture and arts.
Pangasinan and La Union are the two provinces in the Ilocos region that have 100-percent passing rate in GFH.
Only 89 percent of the total LGUs in the country have passed the GFH. There were a total of 1,706 LGUs throughout the country that were assessed, of which only 1,522 have passed. (PNA)